The government spokesperson on governance and security, Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, has said Ghanaians must ensure the setting up of a good model of demonstrating in the country.
Boakye-Danquah said this will ensure that the peace of the country is always upheld.
Speaking with Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin Tuesday (28 June) on Asaase Radio, he said he is tempted to believe that the Arise Ghana demonstration is a rebranding of the actions of the #FixTheCountry movement.
Boakye-Danquah said, “I think that it’s a bit more of rebranding [#FixTheCountry] but we need to ensure that we are setting up a good model of demonstrating and agitating, and exercising your democratic right. In the midst of that, it is not the burning of tyres; it is not the throwing of stones against the police that want to protect you. There are intellectuals among the demonstrators and they know very well that what they are doing is not very helpful for the peace and sanctity of this country.”
On whether the government would want to meet with the leaders of Tuesday’s demonstration, Boakye-Danquah said, “Every group that embarks on a demonstration submits paper to government. So clearly the government will receive their document.”
“Government is there to meet all the needs of the Ghanaian people. And I do not think the government is oblivious to all the challenges that are bewildering this world which is why we have made pragmatic steps to address these issues,” he added.
He said the government is prepared and able to address the challenges facing the country adding that “people must trust the government”.
Boakye-Danquah called on the leaders of the demonstration to join hands with the government “to have a gentleman’s conversation”.